Alec Nevala-Lee

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The way of the generalist

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Gerald Weinberg

The generalist is like the fox, who knows many things. Just as anthropologists learn to live in many cultures, without rifles, so do certain scientists manage to adapt comfortably to the paradigms of several disciplines. How do they do it? When questioned, these generalists always express an inner faith in the unity of science. They, too, carry a single paradigm, but it is one taken from a much higher vantage point, one from which the paradigms of the different disciplines are seen to be very much alike, though often obscured by special language.

Gerald Weinberg, An Introduction to General Systems Thinking

Written by nevalalee

September 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

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